Destination spas: Our top picks

21 August 2018

Sometimes a spa can be so good, those seeking some true R&R will base their entire holiday around it. We’ve shared our favourite spas around the world that are a destination in their own right, from the depths of the Italian countryside to remote islands in the Indian Ocean. We’ve also recommended our favourite treatments and/or packages that you can enjoy in these fabulous escapes.

Six Senses Lamuu, Maldives

This divine resort is the only one in the Lamuu Atoll, giving you a true away-from-it-all experience. Aside being pampered in the spa, you can take part in complimentary yoga and aerobics classes, and there are de-stress workshops too.

What’s special?: Guests are asked to remain barefoot throughout their stay.

Signature treatment: Try the Kurumbaa Kashi coconut rub – every bit as decadent and delicious as it sounds.

“Six Senses is for me an absolutely amazing hotel […] Everything is just perfect! The staff always have a smile on their faces, the different restaurants are all special in their own way, the rooms are stunning, the spa is like heaven, the gym has a view of the ocean and the dive school is very professional.”

Jasmina, Travel Counsellor

COMO Shambala Estate, Bali

This tranquil tropical paradise – a pioneer of wellness retreats – has resident experts to guide you through your journey to full health and includes targeted Wellness Programmes (Cleanse, Be Active, Ayurvedic and Bespoke) starting from three nights.

What’s special?: ‘The Source’, a sacred spring within the grounds of the resort where you can experience a traditional Balinese blessing to cleanse body, mind and soul.

Kalkoof Safari Spa

Known as Africa’s best-kept secret, this spectacular hidden paradise is the ultimate spa experience with the wow-factor – plus you can expect attentive service, world-class dining and safaris on demand.

What’s special?: After a sensational treatment, sip on sunset drinks in the company of hippos, buffalos and buck.

Signature treatment: Enjoy a detox herbal bath from one of the treatment rooms with incredible views over the bush.





Amanpuri Phuket, Thailand

This stunning five-star resort on the beach overlooking the Andaman Sea offers extensive wellness facilities and superb immersion programmes in everything from self-awareness to weight loss. Thanks to its secluded, paparazzi-proof location, it’s a popular choice among celebrities including the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. 

What’s special?: The seductive black swimming pool, which reflects the stars at night.

Signature treatment: The Royal Thai massage, originally created for the country’s royal family.

Alder Thermae, Tuscany

This gorgeous retreat tucked away in the rolling Tuscan hills – perfect for those who love the countryside and want to explore this wonderful province – features a menu of wine-based vinotherapy treatments.

What’s special?: The underground salt caves, complete with a panoramic relaxation area and water mattresses.

Signature treatment: The Vino Therapy Anti-Aging Facial: a gentle peel and drain using active agents from red Sangiovese grapes. There are also luxuriating wine baths.

Ready to unwind in ultimate luxury? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to discuss your spa escape.

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